A Temper Tantrum is Never Beautiful / Fernando Damaso

Fernando Damaso, 11 December 2015 — The temper tantrum of President Nicolas Maduro and his Chavistas, in addition to being tragic, is comical. Now, after losing the National Assembly, won cleanly through the will of Venezuelans by the opposition, he’s rushing around trying to approve laws and regulations before the handover of power, with the objective of keeping his supporters in the government, in the name of a supposed defense of the workers. It’s like sticking corks into a boat that is taking on water.

Maduro’s demonstrated inability as president, along with the clownish bird that gave him directions, and his multiple mistakes, are the main causes of his failure and of the failure of Chavismo. Blaming the opposition media, the national and international right, the “empire” and others supposedly at fault, is nothing more than the sad lament of a loser, incapable of recognizing and honestly accepting his defeat.

Accusing the opposition-victors of being counterrevolutionaries and mercenaries, the people for whom most Venezuelans voted, is accusing the voters as well of being counterrevolutionaries and mercenaries. These ravings demonstrate his political incompetence and his lack of tact in dealing intelligently with an adverse situation.

If the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) wants to ever have a shred of credibility and regain the support of a majority of Venezuelans, it should start by getting rid of the ballast represented by Maduro, Diosdado Cabello and other losers, including Maduro’s wife, Cilia Flores, whom he calls not his “First Lady” but rather his “First Fighter.”